HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Bryan Thomas Schmidt


Bryan Thomas Schmidt

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Pick a child? Ha! I’m not done with them yet. It wouldn’t be wise to show bias. Although, to the degree that each of them possesses some aspect of myself, they all have moments in the favored spotlight, you might say. But don’t tell them that. I tell them each that he or she is my favorite.

2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a composer, arranger and performer of music. I play guitar, banjo, percussion, keyboards and sing. I also have a recording studio and have made 3 CDs of original music. I had one national and several local singles in the 90s. I am an editor and copyeditor for independent/small presses and authors as well.

5. Who are you reading right now?
Sam Sykes, S.B. Knight, and Timothy Zahn.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Inspiration comes in many ways. It could be a soundbyte on the news or in a newspaper story; something from a conversation, article or film. Sometimes it comes from other books or short stories or other authors. Mostly, it comes from releasing the natural flow of creativity and seeing where it takes me. It can make for an interesting ride. It’s fun to wind up down roads and in places you never expected when you started the journey. It’s even more fun to watch readers relive the ride and enjoy it.

9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride? Pantser all the way. I wear pants as I pants it. Yep. I like to discover the story in a way that helps me embody the reader. I do limited outlining when working on sequels. Since I use a lot of POVs and storylines interspersed, there’s a lot to keep track of and it really helps me get a clear head and keep it tight. But the outlines are basic: storyline(s) the scene belongs to, characters involved, one or two sentence description. And the outline is fluid. I change the order, cut scenes or completely rework them as I write with no apologies.

13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Timothy Zahn, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, David Eddings, Mike Resnick, Ken Scholes, John Grisham, and WEB Griffin.

15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Bryan Thomas Schmidt is the author of the space opera novels The Worker Prince, a Barnes & Noble Book Clubs Year’s Best SF Releases of 2011 Honorable Mention, and The Returning, the collection The North Star Serial, Part 1, and has several short stories featured in anthologies and magazines. He edited the new anthology Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 for Flying Pen Press, headlined by Mike Resnick. His children’s book 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids from Delabarre Publishing. As a freelance editor, he’s edited a novels and nonfiction. He’s also the host of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat every Wednesday at 9 pm EST on Twitter, where he interviews people like Mike Resnick, AC Crispin, Kevin J. Anderson and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. A frequent contributor to Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and SFSignal, he can be found online as @BryanThomasS on Twitter or via his website. Bryan is an affiliate member of the SFWA.

New challenges arise in this second book in the series as Davi Rhii’s rival Bordox and his uncle, Xalivar, seek revenge for his actions in The Worker Prince, putting his life and those of his friends and family in constant danger. Meanwhile, politics as usual has the Borali Alliance split apart over questions of citizenship and freedom for the former slaves. Someone’s even killing them off. Davi’s involvement in the investigation turns his life upside down, including his relationship with his fiancĂ©e, Tela. The answers are not easy with his whole world at stake.

To order The Returning at a discount or to read the rest of the entries on this blog tour, go to http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2012/05/29/the-returning-blog-tour-schedule/


  1. Thanks for stopping by on your big tour and picking six for us Science Fiction lovers, Bryan!

    And congratulations on the second book in your series!

    :) Heidi

  2. Thanks, H. Sorry to take so long getting here. So busy catching up from a four day Con with no wifi.


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